The Program Assistant will work in the Office of the Public Affairs Advisor (PAA) at the U.S. Mission to NATO. The Program Assistant (PA) is responsible for managing and monitoring the Public Affairs section-wide budget. Works with Public Affairs Advisor (PAA) and Deputy PAA for programs on the planning and managing the budget for PAA events and programs, including speeches, receptions, and conferences. The PA assistant serves as the Grants Officer Representative (GOR), and writes and monitors grants to non-government organizations to carry out PA events and activities. Monitors the budget and spending of the PA section, and advises the PAA and Deputy PAA on overall budget issues, including grants and cooperative agreements, and representational funds. Also provides logistical support for the USNATO tours program. The PA works closely with the Public Affairs Sections of participating posts on the budget and logistics of NATO tours, including follow-up and reporting. The PA is also regularly called upon to support high-level NATO meetings, such as NATO Ministerial and Summits.
Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent university level education in humanities, history, political science, international relations, communications, or journalism.
Experience: Minimum of one year previous experience in financial management, procurement, accounting; and U.S. government grants and/or cooperative agreements and program management required.
Job Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of U.S. society, education and political institutions. Knowledge of NATO institutions, political structures and issues; and understanding of European political and security issues.
Language Skills: Level 4 (fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing of English is required.
Skills and Abilities: Managing multiple projects simultaneously; drafting program proposals, reports, and other professional documents; conducting Internet research; managing and maintaining a database maintaining a budget and handling representational expenses; managing people in a busy, fast-paced environment.